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The tattletale’s window

In the building in Piazza Biancalana, a stone structure was inserted into the facade, reproducing a window with the shutter on the right half open, as if someone were spying from inside. Nobody can explain this choice. Some have heard from their grandparents that the house was once inhabited by an old woman who was constantly hiding behind the window to see who was passing by and monitor everything that was happening in the neighbourhood. She used this constant surveillance for the worst reasons, gossiping about everything she had seen or imagined, embroidering every fact. A person who had been particularly affected by the gossip of the old lady (apparently it cost him his marriage), when she died went to live in her house. But he wanted to close the window forever, leaving an everlasting memory of the bad people who had lived there, and as a warning to beware of tattletales and nosy people.

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